Fall Fondo postponement.

Due to a positive Covid-19 test within a team member’s immediate family, we have decided to postpone today’s Fall Fondo indefinitely. We will update all team members as more information comes in, but in the meantime we will suspend practices for the coming week of October 18-25.  We will give daily updates on the situation as information is available.

 

We urge all team members to isolate from each other for the time being until more results are known.

 

Stay safe everyone.

Fall Bike Camp

Our Fall Bike Camp has started well with 24 young cyclists registered for a week of bikes, fun and friendships.  We’ve divided into 3 groups of 8 athletes and enjoyed perfect weather for day 1.

 

Great job to Colter Thomas and Luke Murray for their excellent organization and thanks also to our Team El Grupo members for helping to staff the event;  Jorah, Thomas, Oliver, Elliot, Daniel, Max and later in the week Kaiden and Thorsten.

 

This is just a reminder to the rest of the team and to our amazing volunteer coaches that practices will not be happening this week and will resume on Saturday the 17th with a 6:45am start.

 

News and notes.

We had a wonderful weekend of tryouts for potential new members of team El Grupo.  Friday night was an initial meet and greet with a PowerPoint overview on all things El Grupo.  Saturday was a road bike orientation; how to size to the right frame and how the gears and brakes function.  Once done we did some bike handling and balancing drills in the safety of the grassy park near the clubhouse.  Sunday it was time to put the lessons to the test with an endurance road ride.  We navigated the streetcar tracks, campus distractions and ended with a foray into the lower foothills.   I think we will be adding some enthusiastic new members to the team.  If you or someone you know missed the tryouts, we will have our next one in springtime.

Our Fall Bike Camp is fast approaching on Oct 12-16 and we need 4-5 team El Grupo members to help staff the camp.  There is a nice stipend to help so please reserve your spot on the Fall Camp staff with Sean ASAP!

Fall Fondo is also coming into focus on Oct 18.  I’ve created a cool little route and we’d love to show our supporters how much we appreciate them.  More info here;

https://www.elgrupocycling.org/events/fall-fondo-fundraiser/

 

Did you see the dramatic conclusions of the racing this weekend?  Check out the hightlights here;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9an-wjXY_q0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgCWnAqjIAU

 

It’s been fun welcoming back to practices some longtime volunteers. Thank you Jim, Rene, David, Jeff, Chuck, Natalie and Ken among others for your crucial assistance.   We can certainly use more help for our Tuesday mountain bike ride and Wednesday road ride.  Please check the sign up Genius here to notify us your interest!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4ea8aa28aaf58-elgrupo4

 

 

Youth Representative

I’m looking forward to another wonderful week of riding bikes.   Once again, there are plenty of events upcoming;  Mt Graham Hill Climb, Team El Grupo tryouts, Fall Bike Camp and the Fall Fondo.  Other events happening around the state and close by that could be of interest include the https://thecactuscup.com/  or the https://www.bearjawevents.com/   Practices… Read more »

Full-fall

It’s nice to feel some cooler morning temps, albeit with smoke induced skies.  Our Fall season is filling up with some awesome programming.   First up this coming weekend is Sunday’s traditional Mount Graham Hill Climb Time Trial.  We have 2 riders signed up currently.  We will take care of your entry fee if you… Read more »

Happy Labor Day

There was another example of change this week with the cancellation of the much adored and anticipated NICA mountain bike series.  The race organization did their very best to make the races happen, but there were just too many hurdles to overcome.   Team El Grupo had 15 athletes signed up to compete and the… Read more »

Ch-ch-ch- changes…

Change is good.  It’s an old adage that can blanket many aspects of life. We’re seemingly in a world of perpetual change.  Perhaps the only certainty is the notion that further future change is inevitable.  It can be nerve wracking and stressful but adapting to change is often very rewarding and fulfilling.   It certainly… Read more »

Raise the ceiling

Afternoon practices have meant soaring temperatures that the team has navigated quite well.  We pre-soak riders before heading out from the clubhouse and have taken precautions to provide extra water once we are out riding.  We’ve talked a lot about pre-hydration and a reminder to try to drink 4 liters of water per day.  Coach… Read more »

To the Max!

Last week we dove into our initial round of VO2max work.  Working in the ‘attic’ of our house of fitness is always tough, especially under first exposure but all the kids responded to the challenge really well.   We will continue to load this intensity level to get the best benefits.   I appreciate the improvement… Read more »